TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR DESTINY


About the Author

Jim Donovan, the author of the book, is a renowned motivational writer who has, from his wellspring of experience and understanding, put together the book to help you take charge of your destiny and create the life you were born to live. Donovan submits that the book has been developed from the work he has done in life seminars and workshops and with his individual and group coaching clients. The author is a big proponent of designing and creating the life of your dreams. The author asserts that it is your God-given birthright to have a life of joy, happiness, health, love, fun, prosperity, excitement, abundance and all the other wonderful things life here on this earth has to offer. The author insists that to accept less is to short-change yourself and your loved ones.

About the Book

The New Breed Resource are publishers of the book. It comprises simple, practical, easy-to-use ideas, techniques and exercises to help you create the life you desire to live, and your satisfaction is guaranteed by reading it. Within you lies the power to change your life and the simple, easy to follow activities in the book have been developed to assist you with the ability to create the life you want.

Structurally, the book is segmented into ten chapters.

Chapter One is entitled Getting Started. An excellent way to begin any personal growth programme is by taking a close look at your life and all its components. If you were buying a business, the first thing you would do is to assess its current state of affairs. You who take inventory and examine the merchandise to determine what to keep and what to discard. You would examine the assets and look at the liabilities to know what to change. You need to do the same thing with your life. It is essential to view your life in its entirety, for to live a full and happy life requires balance in several areas. One of the challenges in our busy world today is maintaining that balance. A tendency is to become focused on one area, like money or career and neglect others such as our health or relationships. This can be devastating. Spiritual self-development, health and fitness, family, friend and social relations, carry, and business, social and material goals and money and investments are areas that need attention or balance when focusing on personal growth.

Chapter Two of the book is entitled Beliefs. The author states that beliefs are one of his favourite subjects. If there is one thing that keeps people from having everything they want in their lives, it is what they believe about themselves, their abilities and the world in which they live. Your beliefs directly govern everything that you do in your life and everything that you have accomplished or will ever accomplish. Beliefs start at a young age. If you try something for the first time and you fail, there is a tendency to want to label yourself a failure. A more common example is the person who tried his own business but was not successful. Such a person creates a belief that he is not meant to be in business and therefore never tries again. This is sad when you consider that almost every successful business person has experienced many failures. The differences are the way they viewed them and the beliefs that they created from the experience. Perhaps the most limiting and destructing beliefs are those other people and society give us in general. There is something called the global belief which is what happens when a whole section of society agrees that something is true. Any belief that you have about yourself is the result of a combination of several things. It is something that you have told yourself repeatedly, or others have told you repeatedly until you believe it to be true. The driving force behind our beliefs and perhaps the strongest is the reference that we have created to support a given belief.

In Chapters Three to Six, Donovan examines concepts such as taking charge of your emotions, taking charge of your dreams, taking charge of your behaviour, and taking charge of your vision.

Chapter Seven is entitled Take Charge of Your Self-Talk. It is impossible for a person to act or behave in a manner that is inconsistent with how he or she sees his or herself. It is equally unlikely for you to be in their resourceful state, demonstrating your best and highest capabilities, if you are consistently putting yourself down or worse yet, allowing other people to belittle you. What you tell yourself over and over is one of the significant determinants of success in any given area of your life. What you listen to from other people is another critical influencer of your behaviour. Both of these (self-talk and talk from others) mould us and drives their behaviour in any given situation.

Chapters Eight to Ten are based on taking charge of your health, taking charge of your finances and taking charge of your power. The author states that he first learned the principle of an “extraordinary self-care day” at a workshop given by his friend, Terry Levine, the author of Work Yourself Happy. Essentially, an extraordinary self-care day means taking one 24-hour period to take exceptional care of ourselves. You do not work at all. The truth is any of us can take a day for ourselves without consequence. Believe it or not, the world will keep spinning. Calls will wait and so will emails. The author also advised that the reader make it a practice to be reading biographies of people they admire, and people who have excelled in their lives in the journey towards success. In doing this, you will begin to see the patterns and gain insight as to what these people did to succeed.

Book Evaluation

The mode of presentation of the book is simple and conversational. This is expected given that the book is an embodiment of the different seminars that Donovan has organised. The feature of this conversational style is especially prominent in the generous employment of rhetorical questions to arouse attention. What’s more, the language yields itself to easy understanding. The author also uses classical/literary allusions for analytical reinforcement and concrete conviction. The author employs reflective illustrations to ensure easy understanding on the part of the reader and includes exercises to ensure active participation on the part of the reader.

However, Chapters Four and Six can still be harmonised or merged to achieve notional compactness.

Do you know that it is time for you to take charge of your destiny? Then, get a copy of the book to know more.

Take Charge of Your Destiny: How to Create the Life You Were Born to Live

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